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The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is working on our January 2022 Help Wanted flyer. If you have a position(s) open that you would like us to list,
please email Suzette by Monday, January 3rd
at communications@fortscott.com with any details.
The flyer is distributed to various locations around town, posted on our website & social media, and available for pickup at the Chamber office.
Click here for a past Help Wanted flyer as an example.
Thank you!
KANSASWORKS ALSO HAS A SURVEY THEY WOULD LIKE EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE – SEE LINK BELOW
You are invited to participate in a survey of Kansas businesses and employers. This survey is being conducted on behalf of the KANSASWORKS State Board, in conjunction with the local boards. The KANSASWORKS mission is to deliver a qualified workforce through training and matching services available to Kansans supporting businesses, growing regional economies and improving the prosperity of all.
(Click to complete the survey: Employer Survey)
Through this survey the Board hopes to gain insight into the needs of businesses so that we can adapt our services to meet your changing needs.
We have partnered with the Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University to conduct this survey. Your submission is anonymous, and you will not be contacted again for any reason without your explicit consent.
The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. We ask that you take the time to share how the KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers could assist you, even if you have never used our services before.
If you have any questions, please contact Dulcinea Rakestraw (dulcinea.rakestraw@wichita.edu or 316.978.3126).
Thank you for your participation.
Thank you to the Chamber Booster Members below for their premium support of the Chamber & Community!

Snow and Ice Seasonal Workers Are Needed: KDOT Is Down 30 % in Employees

Hwy. 69

Though the temperatures have been extremely mild for Kansas winters, it is probable in the next few months that ice and snow will be covering our roadways.

The Kansas Department of Transportation agency has dealt with reduced staffing in the past, but the shortages are greater this year.

KDOT is about 30-percent off of snowplow operators needed to be fully staffed in offices across the state.

“We WILL BE clearing the roads,” Priscilla Petersen, KDOT’s Public Affairs Manager said. “We are concentrating on pre-treating the roads and bridges with our salt brine.”

KDOT is needing ice and snow seasonal workers in 2021. Taken from its’ Facebook page.

“We will also be shifting crews to affected areas when possible,” she said.

“We are off about 29 percent in employees,” she said. “We need seasonal and full-time help. We have an ongoing staffing concern.”

Snow and ice seasonal equipment operators will earn $25 per hour and are eligible for overtime, Petersen said. A pre-employment physical is required, along with drug testing.

Snow and ice seasonal temporary operators start at $19.55 per hour and also are required to take a pre-employment physical and drug test.

There are many different criteria for wages, Peterson said, and one can view and submit an application online or at a KDOT office.

 

The closest offices are in Pittsburg and Chanute, she said.

 

New KS Law Requires Exemptions and Eligibility For Unemployment Benefits

Governor Laura Kelly signs Bill in Response to Federal Vaccine Mandate

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly signed CCR for HB 2001 into law, the bill passed during Kansas’ 2021 Special Session, which requires exemptions and eligibility for unemployment benefits.

The following statement can be attributed to Governor Laura Kelly:

“I have been clear that I believe it is too late to impose a federal standard. States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 for nearly two years. I know there are Kansans who believe this legislation goes too far, and there are others who believe this legislation doesn’t go far enough. But I was elected to lead, and leadership means seeking compromise.

“This bill is the result of compromise in action. Now that it is signed, we need to turn our attention towards pressing issues like growing our economy and passing my plan to Axe the Food Tax, so we can put money back into everyday Kansans’ pockets.”

More information about CCR for HB 2001 can be found here.

AD: Sheriff’s Office Seeks HVAC Bids

The  Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center.

From the Office of the
BOURBON COUNTY SHERIFF
293 East 20th Street
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
[620] 223-1440 (office) or [620] 223-0055 (fax)

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement Center) is taking bids that will address any and all issues with the heating, ventilation, and airconditioning (HVAC) system together with the electrical conduit related to the HVAC system or other electrical conduit that needs to be corrected, adjusted or repaired.

An inspection was conducted on August 24th, 2021 finding the following issues that need to be addressed, including but not limited to:

* Numerous electrical conduits that are mounted on the roof feeding multiple pieces of mechanical equipment has threaded joint connectors that were not securely fastened and have multiple open slices causing the water inside of the conduit to freeze during the winter months.

* There are some electrical conduit connectors that have gasket access covers that were not sealed properly, or the proper material was not used.

* Most of the HVAC equipment locations have standing water in the units causing inadequate drainage.

* The HVAC systems are not changing over from heat to cool, cool to heat. The temperature has been as low as 64 degrees in the winter and as high as 80 plus degrees in the summer.

* Other issues that need to be addressed according to the inspection that was conducted on August 24, 2021. A copy of the inspection can be obtained upon request.

These are some of the issues and the bidder/contractor can make an appointment to review and inspect the area and equipment that will need to be fixed or replaced.

We ask that if your company can address all issues that you make the choice if you want to split the work in a separate bid or have a (complete) package.

We ask that the bid be broken down by line item. What item is being used for what?

The bidder/contractor will provide/present a sealed bid in person or by designee to the Board of County Commissioner. The commission will be opening bids and making the choice of contractor/bidder and during the November 30, 2021, public meeting at or around 10:00 am.

If the contractor/bidder would like to submit the bid by mail, the bid should arrive no later than the postmark date of November 26, 2021. The contractor/bidder or a designee is encouraged to attend
the Bourbon County Commission meeting,  in case there are any question(s) asked of the commission.

The bid can be mailed to the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center at 293 East 20th Street Fort Scott Kansas 66701: attention Bill Martin, Sheriff.

If you have any question, please feel free to call me at the above listed phone number.

Respectfully submitted,
/s/Wm K. Martin, Sheriff

AD: Sheriff’s Office Seeks Bids For HVAC

The new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center, 293 E. 20th Street, Fort Scott.

From the Office of the
BOURBON COUNTY SHERIFF
293 East 20th Street
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
[620] 223-1440 (office) or [620] 223-0055 (fax)

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement Center) is taking bids that will address any and all issues with the heating, ventilation, and airconditioning (HVAC) system together with the electrical conduit related to the HVAC system or other electrical conduit that needs to be corrected, adjusted or repaired.

An inspection was conducted on August 24th, 2021 finding the following issues that need to be addressed, including but not limited to:

* Numerous electrical conduits that are mounted on the roof feeding multiple pieces of mechanical equipment has threaded joint connectors that were not securely fastened and have multiple open slices causing the water inside of the conduit to freeze during the winter months.

* There are some electrical conduit connectors that have gasket access covers that were not sealed properly, or the proper material was not used.

* Most of the HVAC equipment locations have standing water in the units causing inadequate drainage.

* The HVAC systems are not changing over from heat to cool, cool to heat. The temperature has been as low as 64 degrees in the winter and as high as 80 plus degrees in the summer.

* Other issues that need to be addressed according to the inspection that was conducted on August 24, 2021. A copy of the inspection can be obtained upon request.

These are some of the issues and the bidder/contractor can make an appointment to review and inspect the area and equipment that will need to be fixed or replaced.

We ask that if your company can address all issues that you make the choice if you want to split the work in a separate bid or have a (complete) package.

We ask that the bid be broken down by line item. What item is being used for what?

The bidder/contractor will provide/present a sealed bid in person or by designee to the Board of County Commissioner. The commission will be opening bids and making the choice of contractor/bidder and during the November 30, 2021, public meeting at or around 10:00 am.

If the contractor/bidder would like to submit the bid by mail, the bid should arrive no later than the postmark date of November 26, 2021. The contractor/bidder or a designee is encouraged to attend
the Bourbon County Commission meeting,  in case there are any question(s) asked of the commission.

The bid can be mailed to the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center at 293 East 20th Street Fort Scott Kansas 66701: attention Bill Martin, Sheriff.

If you have any question, please feel free to call me at the above listed phone number.

Respectfully submitted,
/s/Wm K. Martin, Sheriff

Grants Available for Economic Stability and  Rural Food Systems

 

The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team Inc. (HBCAT) has developed three grant programs, funded by the Patterson Family Foundation, for minority, women-owned or low-income start-up businesses, restaurants and food retail, and farmers/ranchers. Tools and technical assistance to increase the chance of a sustainable business model will be provided, free of cost, by a team of support organizations at the Action Team’s Center for Economic Growth (Center).

The Center’s team is made of Dacia Clark, Assistant Director with Pittsburg State Small Business Development Center (PSU SBDC), Lindsay Madison, President and CEO Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, Jody Hoener, President and CEO HBCAT, Rachel Carpenter, Program Coordinator HBCAT, and Christina Abbott, Southeast KANSASWORKS. Together the collaboration is offering a one-stop-shop to community members seeking to build financial stability.

Each grant program will have separate eligibility criteria.

All three grant programs will require the applicant to be an official client of the PSU SBDC at the Center, develop a plan and financial projections.

Food retail/restaurant and farmer/rancher grants will be required to submit documentation of a wholesale relationship.

“One goal with this funding is to support our local farmers and ranchers,” Jody Hoener, HBCAT, “We want to be able to eat food grown locally or meat raised in Bourbon County in our schools, restaurants, and stores.”

In addition, the Center is seeking to support individuals who have dreams of building their own business but don’t know where to start.

“Many of our clients have innovative ideas and develop solid business plans, they just need a little extra financial support to kickstart their business,” Dacia Clark, PSU SBDC.

Like many rural communities, Bourbon County has seen inadequate levels of venture or capital injection and historically no programming available to focus on employment, mentoring, business planning or other wealth-building strategies. The Center is addressing this need.

Individuals interested in applying for one of the three programs are encouraged to reach out to Rachel Carpenter at info@hbcat.org.

Find us on social media! On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #healthybbco

Background of The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team:
The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways to Healthy Kansas Community. Its mission is to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, promote commercial tobacco cessation, enhance quality of life and encourage economic growth. The problems of health inequity and social injustice are complex in nature and inextricably linked to key economic indicators. A healthy workforce is a prerequisite for
economic success in any industry and in all cities.

Contact information:
Jody Hoener, President and CEO
The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Inc
620-215-5725
jhoener@hbcat.org

Rachel Carpenter
The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Inc
620-215-2562
info@hbcat.org

Mary Hunt, Interim Operations Director
Southeast KANSASWorks
Desk: 620-232-1222
Cell: 620-670-0006
Website: www.sekworks.org

Dacia Clark, Assistant Director, PSU SBDC
dclark@pittstate.edu
785-445-2537

Lindsay Madison, President and CEO
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
lindsay.madison@fortscott.com
(620) 223-3566

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any
program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).

Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
b. Exceptions to Including the Full USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Ks State Virtual Job Fair Sept. 29-30

Governor Kelly Encourages Participation in Statewide Virtual Job Fair

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged Kansans looking for employment to participate in this week’s KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair.

The virtual job fair that begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, will give job seekers the opportunity to meet virtually with multiple businesses, with the ability to live chat and conduct interviews through computers, tablets and mobile devices. Job candidates also will be able to upload their resumes to their Virtual Job Fair account for employers statewide.

Click here to register for the Virtual Job Fair.

KANSASWORKS has done an exceptional job of adapting to the circumstances and continuing to connect Kansas employers with qualified job seekers,” Governor Kelly said. “Our workforce plays a key role in attracting people and businesses to our state, and I applaud KANSASWORKS for emphasizing safety in helping Kansans seek employment and helping Kansas businesses fill open positions.”

In 2020, the Department of Commerce partnered with the Local Workforce Development Boards to offer virtual statewide job fairs as a way to continue to provide job opportunities and maintain a ready workforce for Kansas businesses. That led to 10 virtual job fairs, with the 10th in March 2021 attracting 159 employers and 538 registered job seekers. There currently are over 130 employers participating in the upcoming fair with hundreds of open positions.

“These statewide virtual job fairs offer a tremendous opportunity to help Kansans find meaningful employment opportunities in our state,” Lieutenant Governor David Toland said. “The previous 10 virtual job fairs all succeeded in connecting job seekers with employers, and the virtual job fair to come will do the same in achieving more real results.”

The Virtual Statewide Job Fair portal features a Job Seeker Training video, a list of participating employers, and channels for attendees to register and login.

Open positions are listed on the registration page. Registration is required for each individual virtual event, regardless of previous attendance. As employers may request to engage in a video interview during the virtual job fair, job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally.

Any individual with a disability may request accommodations by contacting their nearest workforce center at (877) 509-6757 prior to the event.

About KANSASWORKS

KANSASWORKS links businesses, job candidates and educational institutions to ensure that employers can find skilled workers. Services are provided to employers and job candidates through the state’s 27 workforce centers, online or virtual services KANSASWORKS is completely free for all Kansans to use. Learn more at KANSASWORKS.com.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and the world. Our strong partnerships allow us to create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses.

HBCAT Seeks Program Coordinator

POSITION AVAILABLE with the energetic and mission driven Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Inc. dedicated to creating a healthier Bourbon County. This position features a flexible work schedule and competitive salary. The position is ideal for a service-driven, mission-minded, flexible professional seeking variety in day-to-day work.
Title: Program Coordinator – flexibility with remote/in office
Salary: $40-$45,000, dependent upon education and experience
Position: full-time, 40 hours per week, 2 year, temporary, grant-funded
Summary: This position will focus on efforts to engage and build relationships with community stakeholders, implement placemaking activities and support programming for the Center for Economic Growth. The coordinator will oversee the Patterson Family Foundation Grant and activities as outlined in the awarded proposal. The coordinator may work directly with the HBCAT president, HBCAT Board, and a cross sector of community partners to address the social determinants of health through policy, systems, and environmental changes.

Program Coordinator will manage, coordinate, and oversee programs and projects. The successful coordinator will have the following responsibilities:
• To support HBCAT efforts to grow our response to Bourbon County’s challenges, including the social determinants of health, scarcity of resources, and working to create a culture of health.
• To perform outreach duties to engage with the local community and our target market of low income, minority, and female demographics.
• To support the development of effective relationships with other key organizations to meet the mission of HBCAT through development of partnership activities that educate and inform stakeholders and key partners.
• To maintain records pertaining to program activities. Provide data monitoring and tracking for all activities, including developing, implementing, and maintaining a tracking system, ensuring accurate measure, reporting and benchmarking.
• To recruit and supervise volunteers
• To coordinate the activities of the program and set priorities for managing the program.
• To manage marketing and outreach to the community. Assist in the preparation of information and clear monthly reports for the community and board.
• To prepare or assist in the preparation of grant requests and funding continuation from outside sponsors.
• To represent HBCAT at various conferences, meetings and during conference calls.
• To complete other assigned duties
Environment: HBCAT is dedicated to increase access to physical activity and healthy eating, promote commercial tobacco cessation, enhance quality of life, and encourage economic growth. The HBCAT staff works as a team. Each staff person has responsibility for a wide variety of activities.
Relationships: The coordinator reports to the President and CEO. This support position works closely with multiple members, partners, contractors, and committees to achieve program objectives. The coordinator must have the ability to quickly establish and nurture working relationships and the ability to provide customized, need-based levels of support and engagement.
Education: bachelor’s degree in a related field or combination of education and related experience
Requirements: This position requires an understanding of the social determinants of health, as well as policy, systems, and environmental changes to address health outcomes. The coordinator will have some experience working to improve rural systems and addressing the needs of a rural community. Applicant must have proficiency in customer service and community data-driven programming. Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills, are required. Applicant must be proficient in MS Office 365 and provide an appropriate remote office (when working remotely) with the basic equipment needed to maintain a confidential, professional representation of the organization. An understanding of federally funded rural programs is preferred. Travel by car may be required.
HBCAT is an equal opportunity employer.
Submit a letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and references to Jody Hoener, President and CEO, at Jhoener@hbcat.org, no later than October 1, 2021

Kansas Gas Service Virtual Career Fair July 28

Kansas Gas Service is hosting a virtual career fair to
help potential candidates find jobs with the company.

On July 28, applicants will have an opportunity to learn about ONE Gas and its divisions:
Kansas Gas Service, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Texas Gas Service and apply for open positions.
“As a company, we have adapted to the new virtual environment with everything we do,
including our recruiting efforts,” said Adam Mellor, Talent Acquisition supervisor for ONE Gas,
parent company of Kansas Gas Service. “With our virtual career fairs, we’re actively looking for
individuals who are eager to join an exciting industry focused on safety and service.”
• Interested candidates can visit careerfair.onegas.com to register and submit a resume.
• Candidates can pick their department of interest and choose a 20-minute session to
speak with a recruiter. (The Microsoft Teams links will be available 15 minutes prior to
the actual session).
• A list of current job openings can be viewed at onegas.jobs
• Candidates will need a device with internet access, a front-facing camera and a
microphone for the sessions.
Visit onegas.jobs for more information on careers at Kansas Gas Service and ONE Gas.
About Kansas Gas Service
Kansas Gas Service provides a reliable and affordable energy choice to more than 645,000 customers in Kansas and
is the largest natural gas distributor in the state, in terms of customers.
Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas Gas Service is a division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), a 100-percent
regulated natural gas utility that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OGS.” ONE Gas is
included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index and is one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States.
For more information and the latest news about Kansas Gas Service, visit KansasGasService.com and follow its
social channels: @KansasGas, Facebook, Nextdoor, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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Unemployment Recipients Required to Complete My Reemployment Plan

REMINDER: Kansas Department of Labor Urges Claimants to Participate in the My Reemployment Plan Program

~Claimants who do not participate in the program may be disqualified from receiving benefits under the new state law~

TOPEKA – On May 13, 2021, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that requires individuals currently receiving unemployment benefits through the Kansas Department of Labor to complete the two-step program requirement called “My Reemployment Plan” (MRP).

Claimants who do not participate in the program may be disqualified from receiving benefits under the new state law. The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) encourages individuals who received notice of their participation in the program to complete the requirements immediately in order to prevent a disruption in their benefits.

Claimants were notified by KANSASWORKS on or after June 23 and have 7 days from the notification to get into compliance per the new law. KDOL will begin to deny benefits for the individuals who are out of compliance on Friday, July 16 at 12:00 pm CT. KANSASWORKS will continue to notify additional claimants as they become eligible.

The program, developed in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Labor and KANSASWORKS Workforce System, requires claimants who have received three (3) continuous weeks of unemployment to complete the following two steps:

Once a claimant fulfills the requirements of MRP, they will not have to complete them again unless notified.

Claimants will already have an account on KANSASWORKS.com. If a claimant is having trouble with their username or password, they can use the Forgot Password or Username located here.

Failure to complete all items within seven (7) days of receiving KANSASWORKS’ instructions may result in denial of unemployment insurance benefits. Should this happen, claimants will receive a disqualification email and/or letter from the Kansas Department of Labor.

Claimants who do not comply may have their benefits continued or reinstated upon completing compliance of the My Reemployment Plan’s two steps. If claimants have questions regarding the My Reemployment Plan, they should contact KANSASWORKS through the following four resources:

  1. CALL: 877-509-6757 to be connected to your closest Workforce Center
  2. LIVE CHAT: at KANSASWORKS.com
  3. NEAREST WORKFORCE CENTER: https://www.kansasworks.com/contact for the Workforce Center nearest you
  4. WEBSITE: kansascommerce.gov/mrp

Human Resource Roundtable July 7

HR Roundtable
Hosted by the Chamber
TOMORROW!
Wednesday, July 7th
8:15 to 9:30am
Fort Scott Community College
Ag Hall (just north of Arnold Arena)
2108 S. Horton St.
Click here to RSVP if you
haven’t already.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Chamber is hosting an HR Roundtable for those in a human resources role at our local businesses on Wed., July 7th from 8:15 to 9:30am in Ag Hall on the campus of FSCC.
We hope you can join us or send another appropriate contact from your business.
We will have a loose agenda, but would like to hear feedback on workforce needs, challenges, or good stories. And, hear back anything you may need from the Chamber or ideas on recruiting qualified workforce to the community. We also want to allow time for those in HR to just connect with each other.
We will have light refreshments ~ please click here to RSVP if you can attend on Wed., July 7th from 8:15 to 9:30am at FSCC Ag Hall, just north of Arnold Arena.
Hosted by the Chamber’s Workforce Development Division:
Alysia Johnston, FSCC
Cathy Bishop, Niece Products
Payton Coyan, SEK-CAP